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  1. The XEL is generally the most rock-solid and compatible machine I have, being a modern XE-based design with a nice, “quiet” ground plane, modern components throughout, and a clean, stable buffered Phi2 clock - much cleaner than any vintage A8. This is the very first program I’ve found that WILL load on a vintage NTSC machine that WON’T load on the XEL. In addition to not loading with my SIDE3 cart, the ATRs don’t load via FujiNet either, not even the DLI fixed demos you posted. The full-game DD ATR you posted on June 10th loads and the game plays on my PAL 1088XLD, which is the same basic design as the XEL, but laid out to fit a vintage 1050 disk drive case. And the DLI fix versions load on my NTSC 1200XL too. So … mysteries continue.
  2. My PAL XEL also loads the DD version over FujiNet, not just the DLI fix version. Makes me think it’s a timing issue in the game’s loader. Nothing to do specifically with Jon’s U1MB firmware except for maybe how the same SIDE3 hardware behaves differently in three different host machines. And that maybe something he has no control over.
  3. Yeah. This issue is fundamentally something about the way the game loads, because none of the file versions will load on my XEL via FujiNet either. I could drag my laptop over to it AGAIN and try loading via the built-in SIO2PC-USB interface and RespeQt but ... if it doesn't load via cart, and doesn't load via FujiNet ... it's something in the game loader.
  4. Well, not being content to leave well enough alone, I decided to try the PoP .CAR files on my 1088XEL from the SIDE3. Unfortunately, they all freeze after 10-12 "hip bumps" from the dancing girl, always to the viewer's left (her right). I realized my XEL hadn't yet been updated to Jon's latest firmware so I flashed the U1MB XEL firmware and tried again but as expected it made no difference. As far as I can tell, the U1MB settings are generally the same across my devices, though I tried various combos. None of them allowed loading the .CAR files from my XEL using the SIDE3 even though the same SIDE3 works for loading them on my 1200XL and my Incognito 800. Weird. EDIT: Neither the SD nor DD versions of the DLI test ATRs posted the other day will load over FujiNet to my 1088XEL either, using the same FujiNet device that worked with my earlier tests on my 1200XL. Both versions freeze on every attempt at some point during loading, the SD version froze before getting to the disk swap prompt.
  5. Well, not being content to leave well enough alone, I decided to try the PoP .CAR files on my 1088XEL from the SIDE3. Unfortunately, they all freeze after 10-12 "hip bumps" from the dancing girl, always to the viewer's left (her right). I realized my XEL hadn't yet been updated to Jon's latest firmware so I flashed the U1MB XEL firmware and tried again but as expected it made no difference. As far as I can tell, the U1MB settings are generally the same, though I tried various combos. None of them allowed loading the .CAR files from my XEL using the SIDE3 even though the same device works for loading them on my 1200XL and my Incognito 800. Weird.
  6. As a follow-up to my earlier posts, with FJC's latest SIDE3 Loader fixes posted this morning, all the versions of the .CAR posted by @rensoup on page 1 and the "DLI fixed" demo versions posted a couple days ago now load perfectly on my NTSC 1200XL+U1MB, as well as on my Incognito 800. So, too, does the "no KIL" test version posted by @Wrathchild. I don't have any other machines with >64K and a cartridge port to test with except my 1088XEL, but it's not set up ATM.
  7. Yes, it is. The only PAL machine I have is my 1088XLD, and although it does technically have a cartridge port, it's internal and I can't plug anything into it easily. A tiny UNO Cart fits great and just barely allows putting the cover on and keeping it in there full-time, but the UNO Cart won't run PoP anyway since even the smallest .CAR image is 256K (UNO is limited to 128K carts). BTW, for FJC - I also tested the new Loader with my SIDE3 plugged awkwardly into my Incognito 800 and got identical performance - all 7 versions I linked above loaded up fine.
  8. Just following - I flashed my SIDE3 with the new Loader version and now all 6 versions of the PoP .CAR that @rensoup has posted load properly on my U1MB-equipped 1200XL - the "official" June 10th builds posted in the first post of the game's thread here, as well as the later three test/demo builds he posted here. So, too, does @Wrathchild's test "no KIL" version he posted here. So all 7 .CAR builds above load perfectly on my SIDE3. 👍👍👍
  9. I’ll give these updates a shot this afternoon after work. Thanks, Jon!
  10. It’s essentially bedtime for those of us with day jobs in the eastern half of the US, so I’ll test this tomorrow afternoon.
  11. Pretty sure the SALT/Super SALT carts test this.
  12. Indeed, since Space Harrier is also a 1024K .CAR file yet loads and plays fine from SIDE3 even on my 64K 600XL (as it's doing at this very minute as a test). But that's the nature of bug-stomping. Thank you for staying with it.
  13. Okay tried all three .CAR versions and no change when trying load via my SIDE3 cart on my 1200XL. The AtariMax version goes straight to Self Test after attempting to boot, the other two go to whole-screen solid BSOD. This is the same behavior as prior versions. Tried the ATR versions on the following: 1200XL+U1MB 576NUC+ 1088XLD (which also has a U1MB and VBXE installed). In the case of machines with U1MB's installed, I have memory set to 1088K, SDX disabled, PBI BIOS enabled to suppress BASIC but HSIO turned OFF. In each case, the files were loaded via attached FujiNet devices from my home LAN server. DD - loaded fine on all three machines SD - disk 1 loaded fine on all three machines but after the prompt to swap disks, the program refused to continue loading in every instance on all three machines. This is a regression from the last version, which was the only one which worked properly (but only on the 1200XL in any case). Hope this helps.
  14. I have, on my 1200XL+U1MB machine, loaded SD ATR via FujiNet. DD version freezes during loading on the dancing girl. Neither ATR works on my 576NUC+ machine.
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